Saturday, April 30, 2011

Low-angle shots for La Vuelta al Mundo

In April La Vuelta al Mundo proposed pointing our cameras up. The topic for April has been “low-angle: looking up”.

nadir light (+1)
(Flexaret VI, Kodak Ektachrome E100G, EI 100/21°)

good bye lenin!
(Hapo 66-E, Fujichrome Provia 400X, EI 400/27°)

The low angle is one of my favorite points of view: in fact, most of my pictures have been taken with a slight upwards slant of the camera. I find that the low angle, combined with a point of view close to the floor, convey a kind of majesty to the subject that I like very much. I guess this is one of the reasons why I like photographing with a TLR so much, because the camera remains at waist-level as the picture is taken.

nadir tree (+1)
(Diana Mini, Kodacolor 200, EI 200/22°)

low angle mozart
(Flexaret VI, Kodak Ektachrome E100G, EI 100/21°)

For this assignment in La Vuelta al Mundo, though, I have been experimenting with the most extreme version of a low-angle shot: the nadir view, or inverse bird's eye view, which has the camera pointing upwards perpendicular to the floor.

nadir selfie
(Flexaret VI, Kodak Ektachrome E100G, EI 100/21°)

The most difficult one was this nadir self portrait, because the framing, the composition and, in some way, the focusing, had to be almost random.


  1. Me encanta la última y tu manera tan particular de editar tus capturas ¿No te animas a incluir entre tus retos un autorretrato con cámara a contraluz para MMCA?

  2. pati, muchas gracias por tu comentario! voy a mirar vuestro grupo MMCA, no lo conocía y parece muy interesante... :)